Merchant House is a wonderful and decadent little bar that has remained a secret amongst whiskey lovers in London
It’s hidden in a small covered walkway called Bride Court in Fleet Street, I have walked past a few times and thought how lovely but never ventured inside.
I finally made my way past the doorway and I’m glad I did, it is quite delightful little find. There is a large wall full of whiskey, it would give any whiskey lover palpitations.
The staff are vivacious, friendly and can mix some seriously awesome cocktails, don’t worry if whiskey isn’t your thing they will make you anything. They have vast knowledge on cocktails and spirits and can make great recommendations if you tell them what you like.
Irish and Scottish whiskey is what Merchant House specialises in, and there was jolly irish music playing when we arrived.
Merchant House is bijou and has a vintage feel with candle lit and potted plant charm. This is the kind of intimate bar where everybody does know your name.
The cocktail menu is as charming and in the form of a hardback vintage book.
My first drink was a whiskey sour, and my friend had the karyuki which is japanese whiskey and plum wine, it arrived smoking! All cocktails are priced £12.50.
If you are a little peckish they serve bar snacks including a meat platter (£9), oysters (£2.50 each) and drunk octopus (£5).
Merchant House is open Monday-Friday from 11am until 11pm.
You can book whiskey, rum or gin masterclasses at either Merchant House venue for £50 per person. You will receive a cocktail on arrival and 5 samples to taste, including rare varieties.
There is membership available for any whiskey connoisseurs where for a monthly fee you get whiskey tasters, exclusive event invites and much more. Ask at the bar for more information.
Was pleasantly surprised by what a wonderful little place Merchant House is, the cocktails were delicious. If you have a whiskey lover in your life you need to take a trip to Merchant House together.
Merchant House also has a sister bar nearby on Fleet Street that specialises in gin and rum